Conflict of Interest Act and Conflict of Interest Code for MPs are ‘silent on the approach for continuing an investigation under a new Commissioner,’ says a spokeswoman for Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson.
In the coming months, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appoint a new ethics and conflict of interest commissioner to replace Mary Dawson; the chief electoral officer to replace Marc Mayrand; the commissioner of official languages to replace Graham Fraser; and the access to information commissioner to replace Suzanne Legault. Opposition MPs say the prime minister should bring in the same process to appoint officers of Parliament as he uses to appoint Supreme Court justices. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and file photographs
Opposition MPs accuse Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of failing to seek their input before appointing officers of Parliament.
The government has also signalled that it will try to push through most, though not all, of the legislation that has already made it past second reading before MPs leave for the holidays.
The Senate is likely to sit on the pot legalization bill until the new year after Liberal MP Bill Blair’s admonishment to not delay the bill.